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Interesting Reflections Board: Little Winter

Daffodils are blooming, the crocuses are delicate fading flags of purple and yellow, hyacinths and tulips are determinedly rising from the soil – spring is on its way.

 But I am here to remind you about Little Winter.

 Little Winter comes after you’ve relaxed and decided the cold weather is over. When woolens and flannels are packed into dresser drawers and piled on storage shelves for next autumn, Little Winter comes sneaking back. There you are with a choice of sleeveless tops, capri pants, and sandals to meet that three-inch field of frozen white flakes that surrounds your house and sends an icy breath through those newly placed window screens.

 But don’t curse Little Winter for it’s really a holiday time. The chance to wear that nice sweater you were keeping for a special occasion, to pull on your fabulous boots one last time. Don’t forget to cook some comforting shepherd’s pie and enjoy hot chocolate.

 For Little Winter only lasts about three days and then the world spins onward  into the hot weather.

 And when after several months of fun in the sun, long days, flowers and lightning bugs, when  the cold returns and you’re putting away your summer clothes, leave out a few of the best because – there’s always Little Summer.

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Interesting Reflections Board: Billowing Lavender

This looks like Lavender itself billowing across water — sunset clouds spilled from the heavenly realm onto land and lake and leaving behind an icy sky bereft of color.

In Beverly Hills, near that winding way of tall palms whose image seems required in every L.A. movie, there is a set of parallel streets, each entirely planted with one species of trees. My first spring in Los Angeles, I stumbled upon the street of blooming Jacarandas. Standing edge to edge, they were as solidly lavender as this photo, ragged lavender spheres above a flawless lavender carpet of fallen petals. I got out of the car and stared, knowing that never again would I stand in such a landscape. The air was lavender, the reflections on my car, the glint on my glasses, even my thoughts shimmered with the vibrant presence of these Jacaranda blossoms.

It reminded me of that classic old cartoon where a tree stands in green and brown and suddenly the eraser end of an unseen artist’s pencil sweeps in and rubs away the green. A paintbrush applies – lavender – what more cartoon-like color is there? What color so seldom found in quantities in nature and certainly not on a tree?

Yet there I was in the midst of this natural miracle. And in this photograph I see that moment, something too beautiful to be examined.

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